The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation by Bonnie J. Addario
After recovery, which was long, and arduous, I had plenty of time to think … I knew I was going to work to educate people on lung cancer and the need to get early detection … In very short order Dr. Jablons asked me to join his Thoracic Oncology Board and Sequoia asked me to join their Foundation Board.
Through both of these entities I have been privileged to meet some incredible compassionate caring individuals that are dedicated to saving lives and making a difference. Some are on this Foundation Board.
While research moves on at a roaring pace in the labs it is our job to get information to the streets … Information about lung cancer and all cancers that forces people into their doctor’s offices and to find this horrible disease early. While we wait for a cure … early detection is the only way to fight this disease.
I have had 5 people in my family develop lung cancer … including myself. Three have died. There is no cure yet and when you are diagnosed with cancer you have it forever. It looms over your life like the dark shadow on the scan … I want to make a difference for my children, my grandchildren and all the people out there that have a shadow on their lung and haven’t been to the doctor yet …
I want to shine a light on that shadow and make it go away … This foundation and the Team we have organized is going to make a huge difference in how people feel about Lung cancer and it’s future.
In the words of Dr. Jablons, ” When I thought about what could make a difference most quickly, screening stood out in my mind. While I would like to believe that all the progress we and others are making in understanding the molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer is going to make the difference, it will be a long time until these discoveries translate into meaningful therapeutic breakthroughs. Of course, I remain the ultimate optimist so I am both confident and hopeful it will happen soon. But screening will save lives today, in real time.”
We need your help. Please join in any way you can …we need you.
My love to you,
Bonnie J. Addario
2008 Hummingbird Award Winner
2012 WebMD Health Hero Award Winner
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